Scott Joplin: The Ragtime King

Teaching Artist: Bobby Norfolk

The music of Scott Joplin influenced a whole generation! Explore the life and music of an American original. This exciting and engaging program combines storytelling, live music and audience participation and traces Joplin’s path from an inauspicious beginning in Texarkana, Texas to the grand salons of the cultural capitals of the world. While living in St. Louis, Joplin was inspired by the waterfalls cascading on Art Hill in Forest Park, and composed The Cascades for the World’s Fair in St. Louis. Join Bobby and a special guest pianist as they present many ragtime classics such as The Maple Leaf Rag, Easy Winners and The Entertainer. Also participate in a fun demonstration of the cakewalk, one of the most popular dances of the day. Also available for after school and virtual performances.

Audience: Grades 6-12
Format: Performance
Curriculum Connections: Social Studies/Culture, English/Language Arts
Teaching Artist: Bobby Norfolk

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